Iowa Cockroaches

January 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Cockroaches

Cockroaches have been around for over 400 million years. They will be on the planet long after people have expired. They feed on just about anything that is possible to eat. Roaches are a nuisance to restaurants, apartments, hotels, hospitals, and regular households.

 Roaches carry many diseases including: salmonella, coli form, e coli and hepatitis b. They can also cause severe allergies and asthma especially in small children. Approximately 4,000 species of roaches can be found in the world, about 70 in the U.S. The most common species of roach in households are brown, german, brownbanded, oriental, and American. The german roach is by far the biggest nuisance and most prolific.

brown cockroaches

January 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Brown Cockroach

Usually mistaken for the American because of similar sizes it is normally found in southern states like Texas but has also been found further north. They are about 1- 1and a half inches long and completely brown. Brown roaches normally feed on rotting vegetation and are not a big nuisance like German roaches. Control is similar to the American roach with treatments to drains and pipe areas.

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German Cockroach

German roaches are by far the biggest problem roach in the U.S. They are about one half inch long and adults are light brown in color. They carry some pathogenic organisms and can cause severe allergies and breathing issues especially in children. One egg will usually produce between 15-40 roaches so numbers can quickly escalate out of control.

            German roaches prefer warm, moist environments like kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchens are usually the most highly infested with food readily available. Bathrooms are secondary infestation areas. When numbers reach high levels they will spread to living rooms and other areas where food and water are consumed. German roaches are almost always “brought in” from paper products or grocery bags. They can feed on cardboard, soap and glue when food is scarce. They can survive outside but prefer indoors near humans.

            Control can be difficult when numbers are high and an intense initial service is required. It is thought that 95% of the population needs to be killed on the first service to be effective. Roach baiting has been effective for several years but many roaches are becoming resistant to baits as time goes by. Using sprays, aerosols, glue boards, dusts, and baits in combination is necessary. Many restaurants and food establishments require monthly or every other month treatments to keep roaches at bay. Health inspectors will close businesses if roaches are found so pest control is a welcome expense.